Rising Tide Estates

Rising Tides Estates

providing buoyancy for the soul in spiritually heavy times

A site specific, immersive satire set in the street exploring issues of climate change, affordable housing and community dissolution.

Project Description

We aim to reach a wide and diverse audience from passing onlookers to seasoned festival goers by introducing striking installations into the urban landscape which act as both standalone sculptures and immersive theatrical venues. Several inhabited boats appear on the streets around the festival.

Exploiting the local bylaw stating that you don't need planning permission to build or live on a boat, and taking into account forecasts that in under 30 years much of Britain and the rest of the world will be under water, Rising Tides Estate Agents are offering tours of their show boats. Jump aboard and meet their happy owners, hear their stories and sign up to Britain’s most affordable and sustainable housing solution...to buy or rent your own arc.

Audiences become prospective buyers of these 'dreamboats'. They can visit one or all four installations. They not only hear but become part of the boat owner's story. Discover Noah's obsession with pairs and his string of evictions due to increased complaints about animal noises, or Mae's loss of her corner shop and her dream of starting her own locally sourced floating seafood restaurant...

This satirical piece is a series of intimate, theatrical cameos dealing with climate change, community dissolution and gentrification.

Artistic Team and Collaborators

Barnaby Gibbons has been working in public realm theatre for 26 years. He moved back to the UK 3 years ago where he founded The Miraculous Theatre Company whose work includes The Brooklyn Healer and Romantic Botanic, a series of bespoke tours exploring the secret love-life of plants. Previously he spent 18 years with Le Phun Theatre (France) where he worked as actor, set builder and more recently as project manager and technical director on world touring shows Les Cents Desous, Les Gumes et Les Vengeances des Semis.

James Chaplin
Master Carpenter and actor working in street performance for the past 20 years. He is cofounder of Strangling and iconic comedy Bramble FM.

Nick Cassen
East-End born and bred actor and founder of Slap Haddock.

Tas Emiabata
Black British artist and theatre maker specialising in accessible performance.

Anna Nguyen
British Vietnamese artist and theatre maker and co- founder of Trikhon Theatre.

Research, Creation and Presentation Requirements

The Boats
The show will take place in 4 small (3-6m) boats on the street within walking distance of each other. These 'boats' will not be sea worthy but will act as the set for the different theatrical cameos where the audience experience the show.

Each boat will feel homely and lived in, audiences will be invited to come aboard and interact with the boat's occupant for short performance bursts of 6-10 minutes.

Each responsive performance can accommodate up to 12 people, providing an intimate and involved experience challenging preconceptions.

Each boat will be self-sufficient equipped with 12v lighting and thermos flasks for making tea!

Site Responsive
The show itself has a cast of 4 and a stage manager/technical director.

Initial site visit to ascertain siting and access for installations. Subsequent site visits to develop site specific storyline and script. To confirm site options having obtained permissions from relevant bodies.

The Audience
Audiences will be both festival goers and passers-by brought into the performance by our Estate Agent character, who gives both project background and acts as a barker for the show, creating impromptu audiences from passers-by.

Audiences can either follow the whole story, participating in all of the installations or simply drop in to one of the pieces.


Our performers are all seasoned in working within the public realm enabling easy access and cross over from the impersonal street to the intimate immersive theatrical experience.

Accessibility for audiences of all social and cultural backgrounds is a central aim in our work. We aim to create immersive performance that is accessible for wheelchair users, deaf and blind people to fully participate.